Barcelona vs. Real Betis: Live Coverage of the La Liga Match from Camp Nou
Barcelona mounted two comebacks at the Camp Nou to defeat Real Betis by a score of 4-2. The second half addition of Lionel Messi changed the course of the match and the Catalans are now one game away from lifting the La Liga trophy.
Pabon took advantage of weak defensive play to give Betis the lead in only the second minute. But Alexis Sanchez headed home to equalize only five minutes later.
The Catalans calmed down and began to dominate the match with possession and even created countless chances. Nearing halftime, Barcelona should have had at least four goals, but finishing was lacking.
As the half looked to be closing, Ruben Perez fired from 40 yards out to put Betis back on top and completely silence the Camp Nou crowd.
Not too long after the second half whistle blew, David Villa was able to equalize off of a brilliant header from a Dani Alves cross. Immediately Messi was brought on the rest of the match was already understood.
Messi scored an unbelievable free kick to put Barcelona up, followed by a tap in from some brilliant Tiki-Taka passing in the box.
The final whistle blew with Barcelona receiving all three points. The Catalans hold an 11 point lead over Real Madrid with only 12 points left to play for. La Liga may not be officially over yet, but it might as well be.
Live Score: Barcelona 1-1 Real Betis (Alexis, Villa, Messi 2x - Pabon, Perez)
Official Starting Lineups:
FC Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Pique, Adriano, Alba; Song, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Villa, Tello
Real Betis: Adrian; Chica, Alex, Amaya, Mario; Ruben Perez, Nosa, Salva Sevilla; Ruben Castro, Pabon, Molina
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FT: Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis
93'—Messi with a late chance
The forward beats the defense and tries to chip the keeper. But the chance is saved and Messi is visibly upset about missing out on his hat trick.
92'—Barcelona killing off the game
The Catalans are just passing the ball around for fun now. No late drama will be taking place.
3 minutes added on.
89'—Late surge from Betis
The visitors are looking a bit sharper in the dying moments of the game. However, the last ball is just not there for Betis.
86'—Sergio Busquets replaces Alex Song.
Just as a note. This is the 21st consecutive La Liga match that Messi has played and scored in.
84'—Chance for Tello
The winger fires from outside the box but it takes a deflection. The ball skips to the opposite side as the keeper hurries to make up for his positioning. But the ball just misses the post.
81'—Another chance for Barcelona
Messi gets through the defense and tries to play the ball back to Xavi for an easy tap in. But the desperate defense slides in and wins the ball back.
How would you rate Alexis in tonight's game. The Chilean is starting to look better with every game.
79'—This game looks decided
Not much action taking place now. Both sides seem the know that the result is already decided.
78'—Thiago enters for Alexis
It looks as if Iniesta will move to the wing with the entrance of the young midfielder.
74'—Chance for Alexis
The Chilean is played through with only the keeper to beat. But the chip shot is batted down as Alexis hits the ground. He is holding a very tender area but looks fine now.
Excuse me, that pass came from Alexis actually. Iniesta with a backheel to build up the attack in the box.
71'—Goal scored by Lionel Messi
Beautiful passing from Barcelona finds Iniesta in the box. The midfielder slides the ball through the defense to the far post where Messi is waiting. The world's best player taps the ball in and the score sits at 4-2. This one looks over.
70'—Adriano saves the lead
Betis whip the ball into the box and have a chance at an empty net. But Adriano steps up and takes the ball.
69'—Off the post!
Messi nearly scores his second free kick of the night. The Argentine curls the ball to the far post and has the keeper beaten, but the ball pings off of the corner crossbar.
67'—Tello magic leads to a free kick
The exciting winger dances over the ball and gets past the defense but is pulled down inches away from the box. Messi could find the back of the net again.
66'—Box to box
Both teams are looking for a goal which has resulted in very direct football. Not much build up from either side as the defenders are clearing all chances.
62'—This is Barca's game to lose
The Catalans are looking very comfortable now with Messi on the pitch. It would take some shocking moments for the Catalans to walk away without all three points.
59'—Goal scored by Messi and Barca leads 3-2
The Argentine sends in a curling free kick over the wall and into the top corner. An incredible free kick if there every was one. Barcelona leads and the Camp sings Messi's praises.
GOOOOOOOLLLLL LEO MESSIIII!!!!
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